RUSSIA – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov criticized the Eurovision Song Contest on Thursday for banning a Belarusian banned from competing. Organizers of the contest disqualified Belarus from the competition last week after deeming their songs too political.
Speaking in Thursday’s televised comments, Lavrov called the decision “disgusting” and “pure censorship“.
The first song submitted to the contest called “I’ll teach you” allegedly mocked protesters who disputed the results of the Presidential elections last summer.
Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko said the country would submit another song, but the organizers said the replacement was also breaching the rules and that Belarus would be disqualified.